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RA and Having a spinal fusion

Has anyone had a spinal fusion surgery for repair of 2herniated discs that pinched nerves, and attempt to treat spinal stenosis of the spine. The discs collapsed on top of each other which can happen. Anyone?

  1. I had a laminectomy with spinal fusion a year ago on my T10-T11 disc. Very painful surgery (sorry). About a month later I woke up in extreme pain in my lower back and hips. Thought something had gone wrong. Took 6 months for docs to figure out it was poly myalgia rheumatica. Been a long year! I have been on prednisone for about 6 months but am weaning off slowly. Down to 5 mg from 40 daily. Just been prescribed Humira to help me finish steroids. Take methotrexate as well.

    1. Hi there, while you wait for responses you might find the experiences shared by (https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/author/ckienast) helpful; as she had two separate spinal fusion surgeries and may have insight that can be helpful! - Reggie, RheumatoidArthritis.net team member

      1. Hi . On top of the excellent information from , I want to share with you that our contributor Kat did a series of videos on surgery tips. She had neck fusion surgery (you will notice the neck brace in the videos), so it is different than your particular issue, but thinking the information may be useful. You can find the videos at:
        https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/video/surgery-tips-part-1

        https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/video/how-to-prepare-for-surgery-like-a-boy-scout

        https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/video/surgery-tips-part-3-how-to-handle-surgery-like-a-champ

        https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/video/surgery-tips-part-4-how-to-recover-from-surgery-well

        Hope this information is helpful and please feel free, if you like, to keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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